The Underwater American Songbook

 Click on the image to read or download The Underwater American Songbook by Rebecca Pyle. 

Click on the image to read or download The Underwater American Songbook by Rebecca Pyle. 

Underwater New York is pleased to publish The Underwater American Songbook, a digital chapbook by Rebecca Pyle. Pyle says, "The poems in The Underwater American Songbook loosely form a lost-and-found musical: a body of almost-lyrics about objects found underwater all around New York. Like The American Songbook—a vast trove of nostalgic, revivable twentieth-century Broadway tunes and other popular standards—The Underwater American Songbook suggests water having had an amberizing effect, storing and keeping various objects now storyized, illuminated—on poetry page."

With a cover image by Rebecca Pyle and design by Dan Selzer, the book is comprised of ten poems taking on such underwater objects as The Dreamland Bell, the Princess Anne Steamship, and the sunken silver bars of Arthur Kill. It is idiosyncratic, far-reaching, and wise. Please click on the cover image to read or download The Underwater American Songbook.